'Siri' assists Richmond woman to discover she won $250,000

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Siri Helps Woman Realize She Won the Lottery


RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond woman is $250,000 richer thanks to winning the top prize on a Virginia Lottery ticket and getting a little help from "Siri."

Veola Thomas said she couldn't figure out if the $250,000 Jackpot Doubler ticket in her hand was a winner so she asked Siri, also known as the Apple computer program, for a little assistance.

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"Maybe Siri knows," Thomas said, referring to the Apple personal assistant.

With the help of "Siri," Thomas found information on the Virginia Lottery's website that showed the ticket was indeed a winner.

Not only was Thomas a winner, she won the game's $250,000 top prize.

When asked how she felt about taking to top prize, "Mighty good!" she laughed.

Thomas bought the winning ticket at Kroger, 3507 West Cary Street in Richmond.

She said she hopes to use her winnings to pay bills and save for college for her son, who is now eight years old.

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A woman displays 'Siri', voice-activated assistant technology, on an Apple iPhone 4S in Taipei on July 30, 2012. Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University has filed a suit against US tech giant Apple, claiming the company's Siri intelligent assistant has infringed on two of its patents. AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/GettyImages)
A woman tries to use 'Siri' voice-activated assistant software built into the Apple iPhone 4S March 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. An iPhone 4S buyer has sued Apple for promising more than it delivered. A suit filed in a California federal court argued that Apple advertising touting the wonders of Siri amounted to 'intentional misrepresentation' and unfair competition, according to documents available online Tuesday. Lawyers representing a New York City man who bought an iPhone 4S want class action status to represent millions of people who bought the latest generation Apple smartphone. The suit included Apple -- which runs showing people asking Siri to help them find restaurants, learn chords to songs, tie neck ties, and even figure out if there is a rodeo in town -- had disappointed some users. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: A man uses 'Siri' on the new iPhone 4S after being one of the first customers in the Apple store in Covent Garden on October 14, 2011 in London, England. The widely anticipated new mobile phone from Apple has seen customers queue in cities around the world for hours to be amongst the first to buy the device. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the new Apple CarPlay powered by Pioneer, asks a driver a question during a demonstration in San Francisco. Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay, featuring Siri voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eddy Cue, the Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, talks about the new voices of Siri virtual assistant during the keynote address of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 10, 2013 in San Francisco. Apple said the Siri will use searches from Microsoft's Bing, Google's rival in addition to having a male and foreign language option. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Apple Scott Forstall talks about Siri as he talks about Kobe Bryant at the Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
FILE - In this Monday Oct. 10, 2011, file photo, Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, is displayed on the Apple iPhone 4S in San Francisco. According to a three-month AP investigation released in January 2013, five years after the start of the Great Recession, instead of relying on someone else in the workplace or their personal lives, people are using technology to do tasks independently. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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